Golf: Schwab forgives victory in a battle of nerves

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Matthias Schwab narrowly missed his first victory on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. The 24-year-old, who dominated three rounds, slipped the winner's check over $ 2 million with the clubhouse in sight on Sunday. Schwab had to beat the Englishman Tyrell Hatton after a heartbeat finish in the jump-off.

After a 65, a 67 and a 66 round in the days before showed Schwab, who had gone with three strokes advantage in the final, in the final round on the par 72 course nerves. With 70 strokes (three birdies, a bogey) in the final round and a total score of 268, he shared the lead after four rounds with five other players. In the jump-off against Hatton, the Frenchmen Benjamin Hebert and Victor Perez as well as the South African Erik Van Rooyen and the Japanese Kurt Kitayama the decision had to be made.

A play-off with six players had it on the European Tour last 2003 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship (winner Lee Westwood) given. After an exciting process, only Hatton and Schwab remained in Turkey. The tournament was finally decided under floodlights on the fourth extra hole and after a bogey of the Styrian, who had pervaded the hole by a few centimeters, while Hatton played with five strokes Par, thus fixing his fourth victory on the European Tour.

Next waiting for first success

Schwab, who in his only second full season has been close to a tournament victory several times, would have been the only fourth Austrian with a title on the European tour. Tournament successes have so far Bernd Wiesberger (7 titles), Markus Brier (2) and Martin Wiegele (1) succeeded. Schwab shone this season as second in the European Open in Hamburg in September (one stroke back) and third in the International Open in Munich in June (two shots behind top duo). In Shanghai (WGC series), he finished fourth last week.

Wiesberger, on the other hand, was unable to improve significantly in Turkey on the final day. The Burgenlander played as on Saturday a round of 70 and finished the tournament with a total of five under par in 49th place. In the "Race to Dubai" Wiesberger is still in the lead, Schwab is on the 18th place.

Turkish Open in Antalya

Final score after four rounds (par 72):
1.Tyrrell Hatton *CLOSELY68686567268
SecondMatthias SchwabAUT65676670268
,Kurt KitayamaUSA69686764268
,Erik van RooyenRSA70676665268
,Victor PerezFRA68696665268
,Benjamin HebertFRA67706467268
7thShubhankar SharmaIND71647164270
,Robert MacIntyreSCO71636769270
9thRomain LangasqueFRA70667065271
10thGuido MigliozziITA72676865272
,Lee WestwoodCLOSELY71656868272
,Joachim Brandt HansenTHE68686868272
,Scott JamiesonSCO67686869272
,Patrick ReedUSA67706471272
,Ross FisherCLOSELY69646871272
furthermore:
21stJustin RoseCLOSELY67677368275
28thAlex NorenSWE66677470277
38thMartin KaymerGER70726969280
44thFrancesco MolinariITA71706674281
49thBernd WiesbergerAUT71727070283

* Victory against Schwab at the fourth extra hole



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